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Shaping Market - Salesman, near Dali, China | by Irish Guy's World the World Trips
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Shaping Market - Salesman, near Dali, China

Shaping Market is one of a weekly series of rotating farmer's markets in the vicinity of Dali, Yunnan Province. It takes about one hour from old Dali to Shaping by minibus. The walled city of old Dali is the historic center of the Bai Minority Group who ruled the area from the 7th to the 13th century. The market is sandwiched between the river that drains into Erhai Lake and the marble quarries. The quarries produce a famous marble which is cut by multi-bladed saws into thin slabs to revel the "landscape" inside. People arrived from the high-walled, mud-brick village compounds that cluster in the terraced green fields between the mountains and the lake. Whole families trek across the bridge balancing baskets of produce including tiny lavender eggplants, emerald green bok choy, solid kohlrabies and clusters of green onions. Read more at

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Taken on December 15, 2003